Taiwan Showcase

The “Feast of Taiwan" kicks off in Los Angeles

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Guestrooms Nearly 150 agents attended the
Taiwan Tourism Board’s “Feast of Taiwan”
event in Los Angeles.
The Taiwan Tourism Board hosted nearly 150 travel professionals from the greater Los Angeles area to kick off a new campaign, “Feast of Taiwan,” promoting interest among North American travelers to visit Taiwan.

The event, which took place at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., showcased Taiwan, its rich culture and appealing cuisines with Taiwanese dancers, video exhibitions of must-see sights in Taiwan and cooking from chief chef Anna Wu, owner of the Class 302 restaurant in Rowland Heights, Calif. Executives representing two prominent airlines with ties to Taiwan, EVA Air and China Airlines, highlighted the event with raffle prizes, and 10 lucky winners won roundtrip tickets from LAX to Taipei.



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Left to right: Elizabeth Churchill, Aqua’s VP
sales and marketing; Michelle Rosenberg
and Ken Shapiro, TravelAge West; Albert
Roque, Aqua’s director of operations, and
May Cabauatan, guest services manager,
Aqua Bamboo & Spa.
TAW in Waikiki
On a recent visit to Hawaii, TravelAge West Publisher Michelle Rosenberg and Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro were able to make a firsthand visit to the Aqua Hotels & Resorts boutique collection in Waikiki. Accompanied by Elizabeth Churchill, vice president of sales and marketing for Aqua, the TAW staffers visited the Aqua Palms, Aqua Waikiki Wave, Aqua Aloha Surf, Equus Hotel and the Aqua Bamboo.

Rosenberg and Shapiro also previewed Aqua’s highly anticipated Hotel Renew, which will soon undergo extensive renovations and is scheduled to reopen in January.







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New Sales Manager at Ya’lla
Ya’lla Tours USA announced that Stephen C. Miller will be the new sales manager for the southern region. Miller comes to Ya’lla Tours with over 33 years of experience in the travel industry. His previous positions include sales and operations management with airlines, hotels, tour companies, travel agencies and rental car companies.

Miller’s initial focus will be in the state of Texas, and his territory will eventually include Louisiana and Arkansas as well.

Miller is eager to work with a company that “recognizes the continued importance of retail travel agencies” and to share with agents the unique attractions of Ya’lla’s exotic Mediterranean destinations.



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Brenner Joins Hyatt
The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa has appointed Peter Brenner as the new North American group sales manager.

“We are excited to welcome Peter as a sales manager at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa,” said Kalani Nakoa, director of sales and marketing. “Peter brings a wealth of group sales experience and will truly be an asset to Hyatt and our valued clients.”

In his role as sales manager, Brenner will be responsible for maintaining relationships with existing clients and soliciting new clients in North America.

Prior to joining Hyatt, Brenner was director of sales and marketing for Ardent Hotels and Sunstone Hotels in New Mexico.